Landowners Shut Down Water Source In Solomon Islands

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Citing government inaction, water supply shut off for second time

By Charley Piringi

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 3, 2014) – In the Solomon Islands, landowning tribes of Munda have shutdown the Ziata water source again on Thursday afternoon.

This was after they reopened it on Christmas Eve to allow residents of Munda, Noro, and the nearby communities to enjoy the festive season.

Spokesman Rex Biku said they were expecting the national government to respond positively to their goodwill.

"But since the government has not responded to our request to sort the issues surrounding the water source, we’ve decided to shut down the source again this after," Mr Biku told the Solomon Star from Munda.

The landowners shut down the water source last month after the government failed to respond to a letter they sent to the Prime Minister’s office on various issues surrounding the source.

These issues include ownership and payments.

Mr Biku said it was clear the government did not want to listen to them.

Landowning groups who are behind the action include Gumi, Gemu, Veo, and Miabule.

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